Frohman, who was responsible for producing the debut of Peter Pan in both England and the U.S., as well as other productions of JM Barrie’s plays, famously declined a lifeboat seat when the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-boat in the North Atlantic.Actress Rita Jolivet, who stood with Frohman, George Vernon and Captain Alick Scott at the end, recalled Frohman quoting Barrie’s greatest hit, Peter Pan:
“Why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure that life gives us.”
On a common impulse, they all moved closer together and joined hands just before a great wave swept them all off the deck. Jolivet alone survived.